Australia, From Blue Skies & Waterfalls to Blue Waters & Mountains

Australia, From Blue Skies & Waterfalls to Blue Waters & Mountains

I can confirm it: #Australia's Blue Mountains are actually blue! It's a 2 hour drive from #Sydney and boasts some impressive #scenery. We tried both #canyoning and #abseiling for the first time, so we also had some #active adventures!


Last fall I won a trip for two to Australia’s Blue Mountains at the Adventure Travel World Summit. The next day I found myself out on the blue waters of Sydney Harbor sailing an American’s Cup class boa. Since I had experienced the sea, now it was time to experience the mountains. 

A short 2 hour drive outside of Sydney is the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area – 2.4 million acres of mountains, cliffs, caves, and Eucalyptus trees. We stayed in the town of Katoomba at the oldest hotel in the area, the Carrington, which opened it’s doors way back in 1883. Our week was filled with great hikes, and new adventures in the Blue Mountains parks. And yes, the blue mountains are really blue as evidenced by the images below. 

yes, the blue mountains are really blue

We tried canyoning and abseiling for the first time which leads me to the biggest accomplishment of the week – abseiling down a 80 waterfall. As I peered over the edge, I about cried, but thankfully our guide, Tim, knew just what to say to get me down that waterfall. 

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Fortress Creek Canyoning Adventure in Blue Mountains

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My week of Instagram adventures went from Sydney to Blue Mountains – from blue skies, to blue waters, to blue mountains, to blue waterfalls – sometimes feeling blue is a good thing!

Sydney
Sydney
This is one serious adventure! Racing today on an American Cup class boat in the #Sydney Harbor. And no I didn’t fall in even while taking photos!“It looks like the Grand Canyon but with trees” this was my first reaction to seeing the Blue Mountains Vase of flowers
This is one serious adventure! Racing today on an American Cup class boat in the #Sydney Harbor. And no I didn’t fall in even while taking photos!
This is one serious adventure! Racing today on an American Cup class boat in the #Sydney Harbor. And no I didn’t fall in even while taking photos!“It looks like the Grand Canyon but with trees” this was my first reaction to seeing the Blue Mountains Vase of flowers
“It looks like the Grand Canyon but with trees” this was my first reaction to seeing the Blue Mountains 
Haze over the mountains
Haze over the mountains

Why are the Blue Mountains in Australia blue? They are given that name due to the blue haze that hovers above them. It is an area renowned for spectacular scenery, plant and wildlife and densely populated forests of oil-bearing Eucalyptus trees.

Thus, it is commonly believed that the blue haze blanketing the mountains is created by the atmosphere whereby dispersed droplets of Eucalyptus oil combine with dust particles and water vapor to scatter refracted rays of light which are largely blue in color.

In the parlor, the butler, with a candlestick. Love the old feel of the Carrington – the Blue Mountains oldest hotel
In the parlor, the butler, with a candlestick. Love the old feel of the Carrington – the Blue Mountains oldest hotel
Abseiling
Abseiling
Canyoning
Canyoning
A tourist lookout
A tourist lookout

All of the people tend to congregate at the lookouts, however I enjoyed hiking the trails on the ridge and below instead. Thats the quickest way to get rid of the looky-loos carrying selfie sticks! 

Learning to abseil in the Blue Mountains
Learning to abseil in the Blue Mountains

My first time canyoning was chilly but oh so much fun. Its like a waterpark but no manufactured experiences here – this is the real thing! Sliding down rocks, slithering through crevaces, jumping into pools, all in a stunning lush narrow canyon. Blue Mountains Adventure Company runs tours for beginners to advanced. 

He said “Think like a guy – and just dont think.” And with that over the ledge of Empress Falls we went one by one. 80 ft repel with pounding water – I gave myself a pep talk the whole way down. When I landed in the waterfall and looked up from where I came thats when I could breathe in the pure joy.

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Bushwalking the Kanangra Walls trail in the Blue Mountains today
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I love lunch spots like this. It just reinforces why I left my corporate American cube. 

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